The Science and Art of Medicine

     

    On Display

    Carved wooden medicine box, African.

    A carved wooden medicine box with hinged lid and fabric carrying strap. Although now empty, the contents are unknown. Knowledge about the healing properties of plants is considered secret in many African societies – only to be passed on to the next g

     
    Ancient Egyptian amulet, the girdle or knot of Isis (Thet/Tyet), 4000-30 BC.

    Thet (or tyet) amulet, carved from jasper, Ancient Egyptian, 4000-30 BC. The thet is the primary magical charm associated with the goddess Isis.

     
    Head of Nefertiti, Egyptian queen, c 1383-1365 BC.

    Plaster copy of a bust of Queen Nefertiti, original Ancient Egyptian, 18th dynasty, c. 1383-1365BC. Nefertiti was the consort of the pharaoh AkhEnaton. The original bust was found at Amatha, Egypt, in 1912 and is now housed at the Egyptian Museum in

     
    Artificial nose, 17th-18th century.

    Full view. Artificial nose, made of plated metal, from the 17th or 18th century. Such noses would have been made to replace an original, which may have been congenitally absent or deformed, lost through accident or during combat or due to a degener

     
    Gibson spoons, 19th century.

    Pewter Gibson spoon, 19th century, French. This spoon is illustrated on the left of the image, the other spoon is A42395.

     
    Surgical instrument case and instruments, English, 1650-1700.

    Silver mounted fishskin instrument case, with instruments, bearing arms of Barber Surgeons' Company, English

     
    Surgical instrument set, Persian, 18th century.
     
    Cotton lint dressing possibly owned by Joseph Lister, c 1850-1912.
     
    Oil bottle, Italy, 375-325 BC.

    Lekythos oil bottle, handle now detached, decorated in the Apulian style. Roman, from Italy, 375-325BC. Apulia, a region of southern Italy, gave its name to the distinct style of decoration seen on this bottle. Lekythoi were Ancient Greek one-handled

     
    Artificial leg, Roman, c 300 BC.

    Copy of Roman artificial leg, c.1910. The original was made of bronze and had been excavated from a grave in Capua, Italy. Dating from c.300BC, it was the oldest artificial limb to be discovered. Kept at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, it